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Legal Assistance and Child Advocacy

The Child Health Advocacy Program provides legal assistance to families whose children receive health care at the UVA Children’s Hospital.

The Child Health Advocacy Program provides legal assistance to families whose children receive health care at the UVA Children’s Hospital.

Volunteers from the Legal Aid Justice Center are available to help families with a variety of legal problems that affect their health and well being.

Who is eligible to receive legal assistance?
All families whose children receive their health care at UVA.

When are legal aid staff members available to help?
Just ask your child's doctor for a referral or contact Greg Nelsen, Social Work, at 434.924.5851.

What do I do if I need help right away?
If you have an urgent problem that cannot wait, contact Greg Nelsen, Social Work, at 434.924.5851.

What kinds of problems can the Child Health Advocacy Program help me with?
We can help with problems relating to:

  • Benefits: Medicaid/FAMIS, food stamps, Medicare, WIC, unemployment benefits, TANF, Social Security/Disability. It is especially important to get help if you are in the process of losing your benefits, or if you have recently lost these benefits, or if have had your benefits terminated.
  • Housing: It is especially important to get help if you have major problems with the condition of your home (leaky roof, broken heat or plumbing, etc.) or are being evicted from your home.
  • Employment: Wage claims, job termination or discrimination, unemployment insurance.
  • School: Special education, 504 plans, children with special health care needs at school, school discipline/suspension.
  • Family: Domestic violence, visitation, child support, child removal, spousal support, adoption.
  • Consumer Issues: Assistance is available for families preparing to make a major purchase (such as a car) to help ensure that sales practices and terms are as fair as possible for our families.